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First look: Lee Mead to star as Billy Flynn in Chicago musical tour

CHICAGO. Lee Mead 'Billy Flynn'. Photo by Matt Crockett
CHICAGO. Lee Mead 'Billy Flynn'. Photo by Matt Crockett

Lee Mead is to join the cast of musical Chicago on tour.

Lee Mead (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) will star as Billy Flynn in the cast.

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He joins the recently announced Gemma Collins as Mama Morton alongside Faye Brookes as Roxie Hart, Djalenga Scott as Velma Kelly, Jamie Baughan as Amos Hart and B.E. Wong as Mary Sunshine. The new cast will begin performances from 31 May 2022 at the Sunderland Empire.

CHICAGO. Lee Mead 'Billy Flynn'. Photo by Matt Crockett (1)
CHICAGO. Lee Mead ‘Billy Flynn’. Photo by Matt Crockett

The cast is completed by Ishmail Aaron, Michelle Andrews, Gabby Antrobus, Delycia Belgrave, Joel Benjamin, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Daniel Clift, Callum Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Billie Hardy, Aaron Jenkins, Liam Marcellino, Theo Reece, Hollie Jane Stephens and Harrison Wilde.

Meanwhile, following her previous run, international recording artist Sinitta will reprise the role of Mama Morton at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (6 – 11 June), Theatre Royal, Plymouth (14 – 18 June) and Venue Cymru, Llandudno (25 – 30 July) due to popular demand.

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Tony and Olivier Award winning musical Chicago is brought to the stage by John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her.

Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

With show-stopping songs Razzle Dazzle, Cell Block Tango and All That Jazz, Chicago has played in 36 countries worldwide and has been performed in English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Danish, Japanese and Korean.

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